Picture a lone stretch of land. There’s nothing and no one around you. The wind blows through your hair. You breathe in. Close your eyes. You hear nature calling to you; telling you a story.
This distinct image came to mind whilst listening to Irish singer-songwriter Sadhbh O’Sullivan, better known under her moniker, Sive, and her latest track ‘Quietly’.
With a blend of alt-folk, jazz and classical elements, the only four minute track even includes a sort of break halfway through. This change in melody invokes the feeling of listening to two songs instead of one. And whilst the first half painted the picture mentioned, the latter half has you feeling like you’re transcending into space and time – as if you’re getting so lost in Sive’s enchanting voice, you forget everything around you.
Sive herself explains the thinking behind the lyrics as: “…inspired by feeling like the world (both the real and online) is constantly shouting in your face, so it’s really about the value of finding a space among all of that to be quiet. It reflects what it’s like to just stop and listen to what’s going on inside yourself – a combination of calming and terrifying!”
‘Quietly’ is out now via Veta Records.